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Ex-mayor to serve nearly 5 years for murder plot

Published Aug. 29, 2000|Updated Sep. 27, 2005

The former mayor of Hialeah Gardens received a sentence of almost five years in prison Monday for plotting her ex-husband's murder.

Circuit Judge Peter Lopez sentenced Gilda Cabrera Oliveros to four years, nine months in prison, but allowed her to remain free on $100,000 bail while her conviction is appealed. She could have been sentenced to 7{ years in prison.

Oliveros was convicted June 30 of solicitation to commit murder and election fraud. She was mayor of the 18,000-resident Miami suburb from 1989 until July 6, when Gov. Jeb Bush expelled her from office.

During her trial, prosecutors played videotapes of Oliveros discussing the possible killing of her former husband, Angel S. Ramos, with a city worker. She had taken a small insurance policy out on Ramos in 1997. He has said he does not believe Oliveros intended to have him killed.

She also was convicted of forcing city workers to change addresses on their voter registration forms so they could vote in Hialeah Gardens, even though they did not live there.

FSU fraternity president charged in drug inquiry

TALLAHASSEE _ The president of the Theta Chi fraternity at Florida State University has been arrested on drug charges, the Tallahassee Police Department said Monday.

Francisco Luis Moreno, 23, was arrested late Sunday night at the fraternity house on charges he sold the designer drug ecstasy. Police had arrest warrants alleging sales of more than 10 grams and also less than 10 grams of the drug.

The fraternity has been ordered by Florida State officials to postpone any planned activities at the house until the school completes its investigation.

Moreno also is being disciplined, although the school wouldn't say how.

During the course of a two-month investigation, members of the Tallahassee Police Department say they made numerous purchases of the drugs, also known as MDMA, from the suspect.

A search of Moreno's apartment turned up additional tablets and suspected anabolic steroids that were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis, police said.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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